Winter Sun

In case it's not obvious from previous posts, I really like the photographic opportunities winter provides. At a latitude of around 52°, by mid-December there's a mere 7 hours and 45 minutes of daylight, and the sun barely reaches 14° above the horizon, so shadows are long throughout the day. 12:30, and the sun is at its highest point of the day. With the sun so low, it's hard to see to the south. The long shadows are particularly good for bringing out the texture of things. Tracks created by a large earth-moving vehicle. The low side lighting also »

Winter Sky

One of the best things about winter, from a photographer's perspective, is the light -- the low sun makes for a an almost all-day-long 'golden hour', and when combined with the stark, leafless trees, can provide some wonderful picture opportunities. The cold weather also brings frequently gloomy skies, but every now and then the clouds clear enough for the low sun to shine through. Even with a slightly warmer tone, the impression is still one of coldness, due to the bare branches and softer, weaker light. Careful positioning of the camera can make the sun look even lower than it »